ECU English faculty, graduate students, and alumni present at 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference

Twelve members from the Department of English at ECU presented their research, shared their expertise, and participated in collaborative/interactive workshops at the 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference held October 4-8, at the University of Dayton. The conference theme, “Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions,” asked participants to “bridge feminist rhetorics with feminist activism and advocacy to bring about social change.” The conference was sponsored by the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC).

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Sharer was featured as the first of twenty profiles in honor of the 20th anniversary of FemRhet!

Dr. Wendy Sharer facilitated a collaborative/interactive session, “Opening the Scholarly Conversation: Feminist Publishing Practices,” and presented “We Have Always Been Stronger Together: Rethinking Anthologizing Practices in the History of Rhetoric.” She participated on a panel “Creating a Safer C’s: Developing Action Plans for the CCCC 2018 Task Force.” Dr. Sharer also serves as Member-at-Large of the CFSHRC Executive Board. Drs. Erin Frost and Michelle Eble served as Small Group Facilitators at the Seminar, “Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies: Politicizing Posthumanisms, Rhetoricizing New Materialisms.”

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Cox, McKoy, Shelton, & Gardner presenting at FemRhet 2017.

Friday afternoon’s ECU panel, “Intersectional (Black, Political, and Professional) Bodies: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Social Justice in the 21st Century,” featured English alumnus and teaching instructor, Joshua Gardner‘s, “Reading the Woman: Power, Gender, and Embodiment in the 2016 Presidential Election;” third-year PhD students, Cecilia Shelton’s “Why Should I Believe You?: #BlackLivesMatter Building Ethos as a Movement on the Margins” and Temptaous McKoy’s “Black Thighs Matter; Rhetorical Concepts of Taste and Black Bodies;” and Dr. Matthew Cox’s “Intersectional Bodies: Workplaces as Queered, Feminist, & Rhetorical.” Several in attendance remarked that this was one of the finest panels of the conference.

Other sessions featured Carleigh (DeAngelis) Davis, fourth-year PhD student, who presented “Dialogic Collaboration in Coded Interactions: Cultivating Feminist Values and Practices in Digital Spaces” and third-year PhD student, Ruby Nancy, who presented “Be Like Alice: Multi-Genre Writing as an Intersectional Feminist Rhetorical Strategy for Amplifying Activism,” who also served as one of the social media curators for the conference.

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Davis presenting at FemRhet 2017.

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Nancy presenting at FemRhet 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, Dr. Michelle Eble facilitated a Mentoring Feminist Scholars’ session on “Publishing an Edited Collection: A Feminist, Process Approach.”

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Rhetorica, the ECU University Writing Center’s mascot, on a slide in Dr. Caswell’s presentation.

Drs. Will Banks, Nicole Caswell, and Stephanie West-Puckett (ECU PhD alumna and faculty at University of Rhode Island) delivered the second ECU panel “Failing Sideways: Toward a Queer Methodology for Writing Assessment.”

 

 

 

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Frost presenting at FemRhet 2017.

 

 

One of the final collaborative/interactive sessions of the conference featured Dr. Erin Frost, who presented “Using Feminist Methodologies to Build Healthcare Partnerships.”

All of the sessions generated questions and discussions and often continued after the sessions were over. ECU faculty, students, and alums clearly made a lasting impression on the conference as several conference attendees remarked at the important work related to social justice being done in the Department of English at ECU. Congratulations to all!

English grad student participates in prestigious Washington, D.C. workshop

East Carolina University English graduate student Sarah McKeever was one of only 12 students nationwide selected to participate in a highly-competitive workshop at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

The library is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and one of the nation’s premier research libraries for Renaissance history, literature and culture.

“I felt incredibly lucky to receive this opportunity, which is a dream come true,” said McKeever.

Marianne Montgomery, chair of the Department of English, was thrilled that McKeever was selected to participate in the workshop held June 26-30.

“Sarah was among peers who share her passion for Renaissance literature and had the opportunity to study with top visiting faculty from around the nation,” said Montgomery. “We are proud of Sarah and know that she represented ECU well.”

While at the library, McKeever and other scholars worked in small teams to digitally encode and format early modern dramas not yet included in the digital archives. The authors of the dramas are contemporaries of Shakespeare and their digital presence will supplement the current collection at the library.

“I have been in awe of the Folger Library’s rare collection for as long as I can remember and was excited to step foot within its hallowed walls,” said McKeever. “It was exciting to work directly with the rare manuscripts in the vault’s reading rooms.”

The workshop complemented McKeever’s interests and immersions at ECU. For three years, McKeever has served as an editorial assistant to English professor Dr. Jeffrey Johnson on the John Donne Variorum project, a multi-volume digital anthology of John Donne’s poetry.

“Sarah is an imaginative and insightful thinker, one whose intellectual curiosity and intellectual humility are the hallmarks for why she is such an accomplished student, as well as a promising scholar,” said Johnson.

This fall, McKeever will begin work on a master’s degree in English and intends to focus even more on Renaissance literature.

“ECU has an incredibly stellar Renaissance literature program and faculty, and ECU has been the most fortuitous place that I could have begun my path in early modern literary studies,” said McKeever.

“Familiarity with the treasure-trove of Folger resources will enhance my research in graduate school and greatly inform my interpretations,” said McKeever.

After completing her master’s degree, McKeever wants to pursue a doctoral program. She plans to dedicate her scholastic life to early modern studies and hopes to never cease learning – and perhaps teaching – about its literary works. In addition, she finds digital technology an exciting supplement to literary texts.

“I am very enthusiastic about the development of digital anthologies; their creation being at the forefront of literary innovation today,” said McKeever. “Access to these materials will benefit future scholars in the same ways that they have been beneficial for me.”

For additional information about the Folger workshop, visit http://folgerpedia.folger.edu/Opening_the_Digital_Anthology_of_Early_Modern_English_Drama:_Skills,_Tools,_and_Texts_(workshop).

 

-by Lacey Gray, University Communication

See original article here

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ENED/ENGL major Glenesha Berryman is featured on ECU Pirate Profile!

ENED/ENGL major and Great Books minor Glenesha Berryman was recently featured in an ECU Pirate Profile. She mentions Professor Helena Feder:

“Professor who influenced you the most: Dr. Feder because she introduced me to literary theory, which has given me a solid foundation for critically thinking about the education work I want to do in the future.”

Glenesha also works in the University Writing Center.

Recent ECU Grad Ina Cariño has been published!

Recent ECU grad Ina Carino has just published this fine poem, written for John Hoppenthaler’s Advanced Poetry Workshop in the spring, in One!

http://one.jacarpress.com/#Josephine%20Cari%C3%B1o

Josephine Cariño completed her degree at East Carolina University in English with a minor in music. Her poem “Postlude” was a finalist for december magazine’s 2015 Jeff Marks Poetry Prize. Josephine will be attending North Carolina State University for her MFA in Creative Writing.

English Graduate Students Temp McKoy and Jamal-Jared Alexander visit North Carolina A&T University

ECU English PhD student Temp McKoy is organizing recruiting trips to area Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as part of her research agenda. This week, she and MA student Jamal-Jared Alexander visited North Carolina A&T University. While on campus, they also met English department Alumna Dr. Kimberly Harper (center in group photo). Thanks, Ms. McKoy and Mr. Alexander, for your hard work in getting the word out about ECU!

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Temp McKoy

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Temp McKoy, Dr. Kimberly Harper, and Jamal-Jared Alexander

 

Amber Thomas’s National Poetry month Reading!

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Gabrielle Freeman and Amber Flora Thomas

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Amber Thomas gathered together a wonderful group of poets, new and experienced, to read in Joyner Library on April 5. Featured readers included her Intro to Poetry Writing students, Gabrielle Brant Freeman, and Word of Mouth—as well as Thomas herself!

 

Please visit our Facebook page to see a gallery of images from the event!

Photo Credit (photos on the blog): Gabrielle Carrero

 

 

 

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The Department of English participate in the Pirates Abroad Open House

The Department of English participated in the Pirates Aboard Open House for Admitted Students held on Saturday, April 1. Our English majors Shainah Andrews, Ina Cariño, Kalifornia Dolan, and Garrett Yarbrough helped engage interested students and shared their academic experiences and career plans. Several faculty members came to discuss everything from service learning to internships & careers to study abroad. 

Are you fascinated by the power of language and inspired by creative expression? Contact the department to learn about courses in English and hear how studying English sets you up for career success. As an English major or minor, you’ll learn to analyze texts and images and create literary texts and professional documents for different people and purposes. You’ll develop digital design and editing skills, and apply an understanding of how language develops and works to help people to communicate better.

For more photos, please visit our Facebook page and flip through this events album: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ECUEnglish/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1450893421617207

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English senior Sarah McKeever presented at the 3rd DISSH Symposium!

English senior Sarah McKeever was one of the presenters in the student and instructional panel at the 3rd Digital Innovation and Scholarship in Social Sciences and Humanities (DISSH) Symposium on March 16, 2017. For the past two years, Sarah has worked as an intern for the Donne Varorium project led by Professor Jeffrey Johnson, building her own research agenda along the way. Sarah’s Student Spotlight is also available here! Below are pics from the DISSH Symposium. Go English!

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Photo of Sarash McKeever at DISSH Symposium

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Congratulations to PhD Student Kimberly Thompson!

English department’s PhD student Kimberly Thompson’s article, “The Cross-Cultural Power of Yuri: Riyoko Ikeda’s Queer Rhetorics of Place-Making in The Rose of Versailles,” has been published in the current issue of Peitho (19.2, 2017).

Download her article here: http://peitho.cwshrc.org/.

The article analyzes the first four episodes of the adapted Japanese animation of Riyoko Ikeda’s The Rose of Versailles to illustrate the value of examining queer rhetorical practices of place-making in transnational texts. Set in the late eighteenth century, The Rose of Versailles provides viewers a glimpse of the French Revolution through the main character Lady Oscar, the gender-bending bodyguard and advisor of Marie Antoinette. By queering place and space, Ikeda develops an alternative narrative of eighteenth century France that illuminates queer possibilities of being.

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